THE axiom that a week is a long time in politics has been demonstrated repeatedly to the point of extravagance over the past month
A new PM
THE only person who appeared not to be surprised by Theresa May’s move to Downing Street was Mrs May herself. Her understated, unruffled exterior really does seem to disguise an unruffled interior. There are few more reliable indicators of character than the testimonies of co-workers, espec...
THE contents of Sir John Chilcot’s report on Iraq are still being digested. But its very existence suggests, if nothing else, that momentous and fatal decisions by government will, eventually, be held up to scrutiny
ONE of the most poignant parables told by Jesus is that of Dives and Lazarus. The rich man is tormented in hell for neglecting Lazarus when he used to beg at his gate. He asks Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers to amend their ways
IT IS perhaps a good thing that the timing of the referendum on EU membership means that we can write little on the subject. By the time this is being read, the result will have been announced. The electorate will have chosen, many of them despite all that has been written and said rather than havin...
IN 1993, when he was introducing a new tranche of anti-crime measures, John Major, then Prime Minister, remarked: “Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.” It was not long before this statement was itself condemned. It is brought to mind, however, by the first reactions ...
FOR all its many faults, the National Anthem seems to have worked. God has saved our gracious Queen; our noble Queen is long-lived. The service in St Paul’s Cathedral today, a prelude to the Queen’s official birthday, celebrates her 90th birthday
"The very holding of the referendum is causing damage to the economy, weakening the UK’s standing in Europe and the world, and driving a wedge between the Government and the governed"
CHURCHGOERS are used, these days, to hearing that they are a dying breed. Seldom a month goes by without another poll or survey that plots some aspect of the Church’s decline
THOSE who attend weekday services may have observed that the liturgical colour green quietly returned last Monday. There are two flashes of gold to come
MANY Anglicans have joined in the Archbishops’ Pentecost prayer initiative “Thy kingdom come”. Many did not — the trickle-down of information about the initiative was patchy. But since all are enjoined regularly to pray for the Church and the